It’s been a brutal winter. Minnesota had record-breaking cold temperatures for New Year’s Eve – as low as 36 degrees below zero!
There’s still a lot of winter left to weather. So, what does all this cold and snow actually do to your lawn? Extreme cold can cause your lawn to lose moisture, putting it at risk of dying. But snow isn’t all bad. It actually has a number of benefits:
1. Snow Acts as Insulation
An inch or two of snow literally shields the grass from the weather. It prevents moisture from evaporating due to extreme cold and dry winds and allows the roots to keep growing.
2. Snow Helps Fertilize Your Lawn
Nitrogen is an essential ingredient in the soil. It’s also a main ingredient in fertilizer. However, a wet, warm winter can cause it to leach out of the ground through runoff.
On the other hand, snow naturally contains a bit of nitrogen. That means when snow collects on your lawn, a small amount of nitrogen does, too. A winter cold enough for snow means there’s less runoff, keeping all of that nitrogen in one place. That way, when the snow melts in the spring, the extra nitrogen feeds your lawn.
3. Snow Waters Your Lawn
Heavy snow will melt slowly and release water into the ground. This will gradually water your grass throughout the winter. However, too much snow can also run the risk of snow mold. Risks of snow mold in our neck of the woods is rare, as the grass in Minnesota goes dormant in the winter, but this problem is seen in the Northwest region, where snowfall and harsh colds are less common.
4. Snow Can Help You Grow New Grass
Seeding can be a pain. However, snow can help with the process. Sprinkle seeds over the top of the snow. When the snow melts in the spring, those seeds will be pulled into the ground. You don’t even need to worry about watering!
So the next time you look at the snow on your lawn this winter, you can smile knowing the snow is working behind the scenes and improving the quality of your lawn.
Snow does not, however, help improve your driveway – that’s where Ehlinger Lawn Service comes in. We can help with reliable, cost-effective snow removal for your driveway or business. We’ll be there after every snowfall, 1 inch or more.
Posted on Mon, January 22, 2018
by Think Team filed under